Carly's Voice

Carly's Voice

Breaking Through Autism

Book - 2012
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The extraordinary and moving story of Carly Fleischmann, a teenager with severe autism who, through technology and today's social networks, has become a passionate advocate for kids everywhere.

At the age of two, Carly Fleischmann was diagnosed with severe autism and an oral motor condition that prevented her from speaking. Doctors predicted that she would never intellectually develop beyond the abilities of a small child. Although she made some progress after years of intensive behavioral and communication therapy, Carly remained largely unreachable. Then, at the age of ten, she had a breakthrough.

While working with her devoted therapists Howie and Barb, Carly reached over to their laptop and typed in "HELP TEETH HURT," much to everyone's astonishment.

This was the beginning of Carly's journey toward self-realization. Although Carly still struggles with all the symptoms of autism, which she describes with uncanny accuracy and detail, she now has regular, witty, and profound conversations on the computer with her family, her therapists, and the many thousands of people who follow her via her blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

In Carly's Voice , her father, Arthur Fleischmann, blends Carly's own words with his story of getting to know his remarkable daughter. One of the first books to explore firsthand the challenges of living with autism, it brings readers inside a once-secret world and in the company of an inspiring young woman who has found her voice and her mission.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2012.
ISBN: 9781439194140
Branch Call Number: 618.9285882 FL
Characteristics: pages ; cm
Additional Contributors: Fleischmann, Carly 1995-


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IndyPL_SteveB Dec 10, 2018

A powerful and fascinating look at one form of autism from the point of view of BOTH the parents and the child. Carly Fleischmann was diagnosed very young with autism and went for years being wild and out of control, without speaking, although there was often a gleam of intelligence that popped through between wild episodes. Her parents devoted their lives and resources to getting her good teachers and caregivers; but things still looked hopeless until at age 10, she realized she knew enough words to type on a laptop. Her first typing was, “HELP TEETH HURT.” Over the next several years, she learned to express herself and slowly was able to get her caretakers, parents, and autism specialists to understand what she was going through and had been going through all of her life. She eventually appeared on television shows like Ellen DeGeneris, Larry King, and others, as an advocate for children with autism. She still cannot speak, but she has found her “voice” through writing.

This is an incredibly moving and valuable book. I would think this is essential reading for any parents of autistic children, anyone who works with autistic children, and anyone just trying to understand the variability of the human mind.

Jul 28, 2013

I loved hearing Carly's Voice at the end of the book!

McIndoo Jun 10, 2012

This is a very interesting read about autism from the perspective of the parents as well as presenting the voice of a non-verbal autistic child. Very accessible and educational! Carly's voice is clearly heard.

Cathy_Library Apr 28, 2012

-fascinating and revealing account of how Carly (diagnosed as severely autistic & non-verbal) learns to communicate and explains the challenges of autism herself; a "must read" for educators, therapists, and parents


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